also (ˈ)nän,
or ˌnən,
 before  stressed syllable ˈ-,
also ˌnän,
 before  stressed or unstressed syllable ˌ-;
 the variant with  is also to be understood at pronounced entries, though not shown ə
: not : other than : reverse of : absence of
: of little or no consequence : unimportant : worthless
: lacking the usual especially positive characteristics of the thing specified

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin non not, from Old Latin noenum, from ne- not + oinom, neuter of oinos one — more at no, one

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“Non-.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not : reverse of : absence of
Words from non-

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Legal Definition


: not : other than : reverse of : absence of

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